A 15-character hashtag on Twitter is doing a good job of making both men and women think twice about sexism.
#QuestionsForMen, which began trending on Monday, was sparked after Australia's Daily Life writer Clementine Ford asked the men in her feed if they we're ever called "attention seekers," according to Mic.com.
Ford, who is often criticized on social media for grandstanding with her writing, points out this descriptor is more about her gender than anything else.
Question to the male writers/speakers etc out there. Is it common for you to be called an ‘attention seeker’? Or do just women get that?— Clementine Ford (@clementine_ford) February 3, 2015
She started her own #QuestionsForMen tweets, commenting on sex, women's voices and rape culture, and before she knew it, the rest of the Twitterverse caught on.
Men and women started tweeting about everything from walking home safely at night to if men ever feel excited when other men win awards (like women do). And of course, like any social media movement, others chose to take the less serious route with their tweets.
Hashtags like #BeenRapedNeverReported and #YesAllWomen have had the power to start waves of awareness about sexual assault on social media platforms, while other pages like Everyday Sexism continue the conversation on Twitter every day.
And hey, if you really need a way to advocate, all you have to do is RT — a recent study even pointed out combating sexism on Twitter may make you feel better.
Check out some of the tweets below and find out what the Twitter world is saying here.
#QuestionsForMen Is it common for strange women to contact you online and tell you deserve to be raped?— Clementine Ford (@clementine_ford) February 4, 2015
Do you carry you keys between your knuckles when walking home in the dark, as a casual self defence tool? #QuestionsForMen— feminism & burritos (@nashwakay) February 3, 2015
#QuestionsForMen how much of your net income is devoted each year to the purchase of products designed to prevent your sexual assault?— ur valentine crush (@CarriePotter_) February 3, 2015
What do you mean you don't want kids? #QuestionsForMen— Susanna Leigh (@suzylee26) February 4, 2015
#QuestionsForMen Shouldn't you take better care of yourself, put on some makeup, buy some high heels, work out more, get thinner?— Camila Fernandes (@milaf) February 4, 2015
Are you adept at casually mentioning in job interviews you will not be breeding or getting married in the next two years? #questionsformen— Sarah McMullan (@SarahMcMullanNZ) February 3, 2015
How many times have you been told you're "such an independent young man" like that shouldn't just be a given. #QuestionsForMen— Gyan Yankovich (@GyanYankovich) February 3, 2015
#QuestionsForMen Does your wife LET YOU go out without her?— Camila Fernandes (@milaf) February 4, 2015
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